CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Restaurants & Institutions magazine has announced the recipients of its 38th annual Ivy Awards, one of the oldest and most-coveted accolades in the foodservice industry. Six operations that embody the Ivy standards for excellence in food and service will be inducted into the Ivy Society in Chicago on May 18, 2008. This year’s recipients will be honored at a gala Ivy Awards Celebration and Dinner held at The Field Museum, an event that coincides with the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show.
In keeping with Ivy Society tradition, this year’s recipients were nominated for consideration by past Ivy winners. The six winners then were chosen by the readers of R&I through a ballot in the magazine’s January issue.
“This year’s Ivy Awards class is a distinguished group of outstanding foodservice operations that deserve the accolades they are receiving from their colleagues,” said Scott Hume, editor-in-chief of Restaurants & Institutions.
The 2008 Ivy Awards will be presented to:
The selection of this year’s Ivy Awards winners began when representatives from previous Ivy-winning operations—which include such notables as “21” Club in New York City, Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, Commander’s Palace in New Orleans and Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif.—were invited to nominate restaurants, hotels and noncommercial operations that they believe exemplify the Ivy standards of excellence. Nominees appeared on a ballot in Restaurants & Institutions’ January 2008 issue, and the magazine’s 140,000 readers were allowed to cast votes for their choices.
This year’s Ivy honorees will be profiled in the May 1, 2008, issue of Restaurants & Institutions.
The premium platinum sponsor of the 2008 Ivy Awards event is Basic American Foods. Based in Walnut Creek, Calif., Basic American Foods’ primary business is dehydrated potato and bean products for the foodservice industry.
Restaurants & Institutions magazine is published 18 times a year by Reed Business Information.